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My Scottish correspondent sends a brief extract from a recent exchange involving the Scottish government architect John Gibbons, about the relationship between the project manager and the two firms of architects involved, the late Enric Miralles and RMJM: Dr Gibbons: 'The project management was all set to move off the ground very quickly, wanting to talk to the lead architect, wanting to talk to the architects. That proved to be very difficult in the early months, and what tended to happen was that the relationship developed well and quite strongly with the Edinburgh part of the joint venture practice, but that the problems with contact with Barcelona became difficult. In terms of the working relationships between the two practices, these seemed to be working quite well, but their appearance as a joint venture team was very difficult to engineer. ' Mr Campbell QC: 'Were you able to put a finger on the reason for this, apart from the distance, which was obvious?'

Dr Gibbons: 'Yes. I think the main reason was that both parts of the architects had expended a tremendous amount of energy in completing the competition and were looking for a breather.'

So there you have it: things not going too well with that tricky project? Take a bit of a breather, old chap.

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